Noted Conservative Figures Take Stand in Support of Marriage Equality

Cindy McCain, wife of former presidential candidate John McCain, joined a rising number of conservative figures who have come out in favor of marriage equality recently. The ‘NoH8 Campaign’ – a photo project that features celebrities and civilians who oppose California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, known as Proposition 8 – posted a photo to its website on Wednesday boasting the face of Cindy McCain with the campaign’s staple silver duct tape over her mouth and ‘NoH8’ written across her cheek. Cindy McCain contacted the NoH8 campaign and volunteered to pose for the photo, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Meghan McCain, daughter of John and Cindy McCain, has been a longtime advocate for marriage equality and also posed for the photo project in 2009. Fox News contributor and conservative commentator Margaret Hoover also revealed her support for marriage equality recently in an article published to on January 15. In it, Hoover notes that Ted Olson, lead council in the federal Prop. 8 lawsuit that challenges California’s ban on marriage equality, is not only a well-respected conservative but acted as George W. Bush’s Solicitor General and is the same man “who successfully argued Bush v. Gore before the Supreme Court in one of his fifty-five performances before the nation’s highest judicial body.” Hoover goes on to ask of her conservative brethren:
Gays and lesbians are our friends, neighbors, doctors, colleagues, sisters and brothers. Does it sit well with you that because of their sexual orientation, a factor outside one’s control, that they should have less rights and protections in the eyes of the law?
But McCain and Hoover aren’t the only conservative leaders to weigh in on unions between same-sex couples. Last June, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News’s Gretta Van Susteren that while he does not believe marriage equality should be a federal issue, he “believe[s] equal rights means equal rights for everybody and that people ought to be able to enter into any kind of relationship they want, but that the states ought to retain the ability to regulate and determine what's marriage and what the legal status of those unions are.” GLAAD will continue to follow the media’s coverage of the conservative response to marriage for same-sex couples. Updates can be found on